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POWER IN UNITY                                                                                                             Teamsters Local 237 is a union of 25,000 New York public

                                                                                                                                          employees who work in New York City government
                                                                                                                                          agencies and in municipalities, libraries and schools on

                                                                                                                                          Long Island. Local 237 is the largest local union in the
               Being a member of Local 237 means standing together.                                                                       Teamsters international union (International Brotherhood

               Standing for things that matter: job security, pensions                                                                    of Teamsters).
               and good benefits are just of the few things we fight for.

                                                                                                                                          Why Are Unions Important?
               41 million                              1 in 4                             50%                                             There is POWER in unity — when working people join Local 237, our collective efforts

                                                                                                                                          conditions in the workplace for our members. And that’s just a fraction of what we do!
               Working people in the               Non-union working                Of non-union working                                  make things better for everyone. We negotiate for higher wages and benefits and improve
                U.S. do not have paid           people do not have paid           people in the U.S. do not                               Working people of every profession, background and skill level join unions for a variety
                       sick days                  vacation or even paid             receive overtime pay                                  of reasons:
                                                         holidays                                                                         •   Work Schedules: The typical full-time       •   Fair & Equal Pay: Union members can
                                                                                                                                             workweek for members represented by              rely on 237 to negotiate pay rates, and
                                                                                                                                             Local 237 is 35 hours. Non-union workers,        pay increases without bias. That means
                                                                                                                                             is 40- 60 hours/week without                     the same pay for the same job regardless
                                                                                                                                             overtime pay.                                    of age, gender, ethnicity, religion,
                                                                                                                                                                                              disability, gender identity and other
                                                                                                                                          •   Work/Life Balance: 1 in 4 non-union             protected characteristics.
                                                                                                                                             workers do not have any paid vacation
                                                                                                                                             days or even holidays                        •   Lower Benefit Premiums: On average,
                                                                                                                                                                                              union member pay significantly less for
                                                                                                                                          •   Job Security: Non unionized workers             union sponsored benefits than employer
                                                                                                                                             can be fired without cause, notice or an         sponsored benefit. There’s strength in
                                                                                                                                             independent hearing.                             numbers! As a member of Local 237, you
                                                                                                                                          •   Union Advocate & Legal Counsel: In              are part of the largest and most powerful
                                                                                                                                                                                              union in the country with the strength of
                                                                                                                                             cases of serious workplace abuses and            1.4 million actives and 400,000 retirees
                                                                                                                                             wrongful termination, union members              and their families.
                                                                                                                                             have FREE access to union advocates
                                                                                                                                             and legal representation.

                                                                                                                                          Teamsters Local 237 is about more than fighting grievances, winning raises and securing
                                                                                                                                          pensions. The union bargains with the City to provide funds for a number of benefits included
                                                                                                                                          in this guide: from legal services, dental, vision benefits, drug coverage and counseling-saving
                                                                                                                                          members hundreds and thousands of dollars every year.

                                                                                                                                             Did you know?

                                                                                                                                             The union advantage is even greater for people of color, women,
                                                                                                                                             immigrants, and others who have confronted workplace discrimination.

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